News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 23, 2012

Indiana House Dems end third right-to-work boycott

TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats have returned to work after a boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation by moving to strike down the measure.

Democratic Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City opened the debate today with a motion to kill the bill. Republican Rep. Jerry Torr of Carmel said the proposal was premature.

Republicans want Indiana to become the first state in more than a decade to approve right-to-work legislation. Supporters say the measure would bring more jobs to Indiana. Opponents say it is aimed at breaking unions and would depress wages for all workers.  

Democrats want a statewide voter referendum in November to decide the bill’s fate. Republicans say such a referendum isn’t constitutional.